Kendall Worth: This is a story about William (not his real name), a man who was forcibly handcuffed by police and taken to the QEII when he had a mental health breakdown. William came out of the hospital feeling even worse than when he went in.
“Though hate crimes happen in Nova Scotia, they are seldom termed called hate crimes.” Judy Haiven presenting to the Define Defunding of Police sub-committee.
“Queer and trans youth understand that reporting sexualized violence is not a safe option for them because they feel, and rightfully so, that they will not be believed and that their cases will not be understood within the current legal system.” Carmel Farahbakhsh of the Youth Project addresses the Subcommittee to Define Defunding the Police.
Martha Paynter in her submission to the Define Defunding the Police working group on behalf of Wellness Within: “Defunding requires changing how we think about security. It means removing these responsibilities from police and returning them to government and community resources offered by individuals trained in supporting our most vulnerable. Defunding should respond to the needs of the community and could look like support for local safe injection sites, sobering centres, restorative justice programs, and mental health crisis teams.”
Yesterday afternoon Dr. Jamie Livingston presented to the members of the Subcommittee to Define Defunding the Police. ” I believe that the majority of crisis calls in Halifax can and should be diverted to non-police-involved teams, ideally led by trained peer support workers since health professionals possess coercive powers that may replicate police-like approaches.”
Details about an online questionnaire and online community consultation on the prospect of defunding the police.
Wellness Within, an Organization for Health and Justice, responds to the shooting death of a one year old child during a police intervention in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
We talk with Tari Ajadi, a member of the NS Policing Policy Working Group, about a proposal by Halifax Councillor Waye Mason to look into moving some tasks currently done by Halifax Regional Police to civilian services.
We have THREE events lined up for Friday June 26
2pm – Justice for Ejaz
4pm – Defund Police: Sit-in & Community Assembly
7pm – Artistic Resistance: #AbolishThePolice Blocko Pt 2
Who broke up your last picket-line? Who arrests your leaders and activists when they defy anti-union injunctions? Who clears the way for scabs and bad-faith bargaining?